Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (260)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ I hope you will find time over this weekend to relax, bring along a project or two and share in the inspiration filled conversations doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

So a little bit of a catch up. As you may (or may not) have noticed Saturday Quilting Bring & Share took an unscheduled break last week. After the quiet, sheltered, home-centric existence of the past 15 months our little world has unexpectedly gone through some significant changes. Happy things have happened as a result; our short break by the sea and spending lots of time with family (even seeing all three of our children and their partners together – nearly a year since that last happened). The past week has seen the culmination of the changes. We are a tad weary now as our minds continue to process all that’s happened and our emotions settle. We are so thankful we are all well; modern tech is keeping us in touch with family members who have moved away; and, most thankful of all, we know change happens through God’s will and within the hope His eternal plan brings us.

Alongside the personal changes has been the belated and most welcome onset of Summer after one of the coldest, wettest months of May on record. There has been plenty to do outdoors with rapidly maturing seedlings needing re-potting or planting out and many weeds to be composted.

Slowly emptying my greenhouse of plants now the temperatures are rising and the frosts are long gone.

Working outdoors is such good therapy isn’t it? I nearly always feel the reward of spending an hour or two at the allotment – both in seeing the effects of my ‘labours’ and being made aware of muscles benefitting from the workout!

I have been even more scatter-gun than usual in my approach to sewing but remarkably I do have two finishes to share! Neither were planned! First up: I finally added the binding to the Basket of Blooms wall hanging πŸ™‚

I had plenty of the golden yellow gingham in my stash so the binding matches the flange I added with the borders way back when… I hand stitched the binding to the back in time for the piece to be hung for our guests to see. The Basket of Blooms block/cushion cover pattern is a design by Jo Avery available as a pdf from the Quilters’ Guild.

My second finish is a bag.

Lots of new materials and techniques for me to try in this free ‘Pelican Tote’ pattern available from Bagstock Designs. I did mange to keep a record of my progress, along with links to the resources I found helpful, so I will share all the details in a separate blog post – too much to share here πŸ˜‰

Sorry I’m sharing so few links to inspiring posts this week. I will apply myself to my brim-full email in-box in the coming days and have more to share next week πŸ™‚

Lorna has captured the haughty expression of a camel perfectly in her latest animal patchwork design.

Wahoo! Another way to use up scraps of fabric! Linda shares the braided rug she is making – the spiral pattern is intriguing.

Rachel has shared a comprehensive Economy Block tutorial. She has included a tip to ensure directional prints run in the same direction around the central square. Useful, as I know I can spend ages trying to puzzle this out and still get it wrong!

Yvonne Fuchs is well known for her carefully designed transparency quilts. Here she delves into colour blending theory. It is quite deep but give it a try, Yvonne’s explanations are clear and created with patchwork quilters in mind.

Lot’s of wonderful inspiration in the gallery of the ‘Favourite Finish Monthly Linkup‘ run by Cheryl aka Meadow Mist Designs.

Linking my finishes with Michelle for Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party.

Happy Stitching!


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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share… Or should I make that ‘Bank Holiday Weekend Quilt & Share’? Here in the UK we have a long weekend in which to bring along our project(s) and share in the inspiring news, tips and views posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to click on a few of the links below, join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes you’ll find at the end of most blog posts πŸ™‚

The busy Old Harbour area of Weymouth is lined with Georgian buildings.

I have to confess that I have not passed thread through a needle in the past seven days! We were fortunate enough to be able to take a mini-break to Weymouth – so good to have a change of scene πŸ™‚

I’d carefully prepared my English Country Garden QAL fabrics and templates as my holiday project but somehow never found the right moment. After long walks each day I was happy to be occupied either watching activity on Portland Harbour from our window or reading Mansfield Park (for the umpteenth time!). Actually reading a Jane Austen novel and spending time enjoying the Georgian architecture and heritage of Weymouth was all very ‘in keeping’. In chapter 13 I read one of Jane’s characters had begun a friendship whilst ‘at Weymouth’.


On a much more modern note: Cruise liners have been moored off Weymouth Bay throughout the pandemic. We saw the brand newΒ  ‘Virtuosa’ manoeuvring in and out of Portland Harbour several times during our stay.

MSC’s ‘Virtuosa’ leaving Portland Harbour


Cruise liners moored off Weymouth Bay.

Walking along the South West Coast Path was a great pleasure. As you can see the cliffs are very unstable with sections regularly breaking away so the route of the Coastal Path is often diverted from precarious edges.

South West Coast Path looking west towards Weymouth Bay.


The view looking inland.

While we were away both Julie the Juki and Phyllis the Pfaff (my sewing machines) enjoyed a spa day. They’ve returned home in tip-top condition ready to resume duties in my sewing room. For this week I have several small projects in mind including the third block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL and a wall hanging I designed and cut out over a month ago.

I hope you have had a more productive week than me and will enjoy reading some of the links I’ve hi-lighted:

Sometimes quilts evolve as fabrics are found and grouped together. It has taken Cynthia a while to curate the perfect collection of fabrics but once put together she instantly knew one of her popular patterns would make the most of each of the prints with the low volume background.

Jo has created a new pattern, the ‘Heart Spool’, to test a new brand of papers designed for foundation piecing. The pattern has a rainbow heart in a thread spool and comes in two sizes, mug rug and cushion! See Heart Spool and read Jo’s review of the foundation paper here. Jo’s also included a video clip explaining how she chose the free motion quilting designs for her Heart Spool block.

Katy has made great use of left-over solids to make a bright and BIG ‘Postage Stamp’ quilt. What a wonderful wedding gift – definitely one to treasure.

Woah! Yvonne used two spools of Aurifil thread to densely stitch out the quilting on her latest project, the Pulsar quilt. Her design involved a lot of thread stops and starts. There was a sizable quantity of thread cut away after Yvonne had buried all the ends in the quilt. She was curious enough to calculate the percentage of thread that went into the quilting as opposed to the percentage removed. (She used 24 full bobbins in the quilting!).

Charisma Horton made a trip to California to spend a few days working on a project with Rob Appell. Find out how she coped behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

If trying to keep up with the ‘should dos’ of modern life are getting you down take time to read Alyce’s contemplations on how to face down the pressures.

Happy Stitching!


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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and settle down to enjoy sharing in the company of other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to be creative and also click through to some of the inspiring blog posts hi-lighted in this edition of SQB&S.

I’ve been hand sewing and researching bag-making whilst enjoying the company of our house guests. How lovely to be able to invite family members back into our home and have them staying over night too! We’ve had an easy paced week, time to relax and just ‘be’ together. You may have seen the post I shared a couple of days ago following a walk in a bluebell wood. In the chilled-out family times we’ve been sharing I’ve made some progress with the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL and continued my research into the craft of bag-making. I’m excited to be learning so many new things, ready to get practicing and already planning to share what I’m learning via in-person workshops. So many ideas whizzing around inside my head! πŸ˜€

The leaves are stitched in place onto the background of the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL. Next to stitch down the stems and make the EPP flowers.

I hope you are able to enjoy more time with family and friends and that the pandemic restrictions are not hampering your creativity. There may be just the inspiration you need in this weeks links into the Quilty World:

Julie aka Jaybird Quilts has a new take-it-at-your-own-pace Quilt-A-Long. Use her speciality rulers to create fascinating shapes and patterns. More information here.

Nancy is figuring out a quilt layout for a large collection of Hourglass blocks. Decisions, decisions!

Lissa and Cassandra have collaborated to create a week-by-week QAL, ‘Quilt Concert Series 2021‘. The quilt has a modern twist with blocks of different scales combining to make interesting patterns and providing an opportunity to learn and practice cutting and piecing skills.

Jane gives a quick tutorial in response to all the interest in her ‘Four Patch Scrappy Quilt‘. It really is very effective with lots of secondary patterns created by the arrangement of four patch units within Economy Block style surrounds.

Patty’s Scrappy Fabric Rug adventure wasn’t without it’s traumas but she persevered and shares lessons learned the hard way to ease others down the rug making adventure trail πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!



Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (257)

Welcome toSaturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along you project(s) and take time to share in the conversations and news inspired by our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ Do join in by leaving encouraging comments on the blog posts you click through to.

Have you been making progress with your sewing projects this week? After the rainbow quilt marathon I had fun stitching a quick project. I needed a protective sleeve to protect my new mobile phone from scratches and bumps. It took me a while to find the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial in the archives of this blog but eventually I found the post, dated June 2015 (doesn’t time fly?), and with this and the printed instructions from a mini workshop held at North Hampshire Quilters I set about making me a phone sleeve.

I bought a fat quarter of this luscious Sally Kelly fabric with mask making in mind but I reckon there’s enough fabric in a FQ for a mask AND a phone sleeve πŸ™‚ After all if I’m wearing the mask I can’t see the fabric whereas I can keep the phone sleeve in view just about all the time πŸ˜€ I will share an updated version of the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial very soon.

Today I packed away my sewing machines and equipment, transforming the sewing room into a guest room. How exciting is it that from Monday we can invite our visitors indoors and have them stay overnight? Thankfully this change in Covid restrictions has coincided with our DD and SIL having a break from their studies and they’ve chosen to spend the week with us. I’ll be switching to sociable hand stitching while my sewing machines enjoy a rest! My on-going hand sewing project is the English Country Garden QAL. This month we are making the Marigold block. I cut out all the papers a couple of weeks ago. Now I need to cut the fabric prior to glue basting the shapes, stitching them together and then stitching all the pieces onto the background square. Plenty to do!

Here are the leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest you and inspire your creativity:

Allison Harris has shared another of her simple but oh! so effective designs. The pattern is called ‘Tulips’ for obvious reasons and looks to be a great way to use up left over strips of fabric.

Yvonne has recorded a short video full of tips for handling a large quilt through the process of walking foot quilting. In particular she demonstrates how when quilting an area at the edge of the quilt it is possible to avoid having to shove all the bulk through the throat of the sewing machine.

Do you find adding fabrics into a charm pack tricky? Cheryl has released a really helpful video explaining how she goes about choosing just two extra fabrics to expand a charm pack into a good sized quilt. I think her new book ‘Just One Charm Pack Quilts’ is going to be very popular!

A teapot, teacups and cup cakes adorn Elana’s table runner. She’s sourced designs and tutorial tips from various sites to put together a unique and very attractive runner πŸ™‚

Angela Walter’s Free Motion QAL is coming to a close. This final video tackles the ‘Paisley Feathers’ design. I find watching someone stitching out free motion designs quite mesmerising πŸ˜€ Have you found watching FMQ helpful in developing your own FMQ skills?

Happy Stitching!